By Raymond Osho
ABEOKUTA: Public school teachers in Ogun have demanded provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), infrared thermometers, hand sanitizers, among other conditions for reopening of schools in the state.
The state chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr Titilope Adebanjo gave the conditions on Tuesday, July, 7, 2020, while speaking with Journalists at the union’s secretariat in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Adebanjo insisted that the conditions must be met by the government before schools could reopen in the state.
The chairman equally listed disinfection of school premises, provision of running water, alcohol based sanitisers, training of teachers on how to use the thermometers and standby health personnel within a one kilometer radius of schools as other conditions.
Gov. Dapo Abiodun had on Friday, July 3, 2020 declared that religious centres and schools would remain shut for the next two weeks.
The NUT chairman explained that the conditions were contained in a position paper already presented to the state government on how best to ensure safe reopening of schools without jeopardising the health of the students.
He dispelled the rumour making the round that public school teachers were not ready to resume work, insisting that, teachers were tired of staying at home and ready for school reopening.
Adebanjo said: “As a union, we know that we have a responsibility and this necessitated us to present a position paper to Ogun state government as we are looking forward for reopening of our schools.
“We hear some opinions somewhere that teachers in public schools are not ready to go back to work. We are saying emphatically that our teachers are ready to go back to work. In fact, we are tired of staying at home.
“The first on the list is to make sure that the government fumigate every part of the school environment. And we put it to them also to make sure that they provide infrared thermometers to all our schools at least to get the temperature of our students.
The NUT chairman urged parents to provide face masks for their children before sending them to school, warning that no student would be allowed into school without using a face mask.